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January 17, 2024, 6:55 PM

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Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Samsung's Galaxy S24 lineup includes Google's AI models Gemini Pro, for Notes, Voice Recorder, and Keyboard apps, and Gemini Nano, for Google Messages and more  —  Gemini, Google's cutting-edge generative AI model family, is coming to Samsung's new flagship smartphone — the Galaxy S24.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Samsung unveils the Galaxy S24 with a 6.2" display and the Galaxy S24+ with a 6.7" display, both larger and brighter, starting at $800 and $1,000, respectively  —  Samsung's Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus don't have the bigger screen or 5x telephoto camera of the more expensive Galaxy S24 Ultra, nor do they have its stylus.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Samsung announces the Galaxy S24 Ultra, with a new titanium finish, a 6.8" 1440p display, a 50-megapixel camera with 5x zoom, shipping on January 31 from $1,299  —  For several years running, Samsung's S-series Ultra has been that device, and the company is going just as big with the Ultra for 2024.
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 with pulse oximetry will be banned in the US again from Jan. 18, after an appeals court denied Apple's request to pause the ban  —  The Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 with blood oxygen features will be banned from being sold in the United States again …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google introduces Circle to Search, a set of new gestures for searching from anywhere on Android, available on Galaxy S24 devices and Google's Pixel 8 and 8 Pro  —  Alongside Samsung's launch event today, Google announced a new way to search on Android phones dubbed “Circle to Search.”
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Android Auto will soon reflect the design elements, like wallpaper and icons, of Samsung Galaxy phones, and offer AI chat summaries, relevant replies, and more  —  Amidst the flurry of Galaxy S24 announcements, Google also announced a handful of new AI features for Android Auto.
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Netflix is not planning to launch a native Apple Vision Pro app or allow its iPad app on the platform, and says users can watch Netflix on the web browser  —  Netflix Inc. isn't planning to launch an app for Apple Inc.'s upcoming Vision Pro headset, marking a high-profile snub of the new technology …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Google plans to tweak search results to give comparison websites more prominence, including a new unit of links for such websites, to comply with the EU's DMA  —  Google will tweak online search results to give comparison sites more prominence, the company said in a blogpost on Wednesday …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Notion debuts Notion Calendar, a free app for macOS, Windows, iOS, and the web, with optional Notion integration, after acquiring calendar app Cron in June 2022  —  Does the world need more calendar apps?  That's the first question that came to my mind when I heard that Notion …
Venkat Eswarlu / MSPoweruser:
Google updates Chrome's Incognito disclaimer after a privacy settlement, saying that Incognito mode “won't change how data is collected” by Google and others  —  As Google agreed to pay $5 billion for settlement over tracking users' activity in Chrome Incognito mode …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail PixieFail, a set of nine vulnerabilities in UEFI firmware from five top suppliers that let attackers in a network infect devices with malware  —  PixieFail is a huge deal for cloud and data centers.  For the rest, less so.  —  UEFI firmware from five …
Siobhan Roberts / New York Times:
Google DeepMind details AlphaGeometry, created by AI researcher Trieu Trinh and others to solve Olympiad geometry problems at nearly a human gold medalist level  —  Watch out, nerdy high schoolers, AlphaGeometry is coming for your mathematical lunch.  —  For four years, the computer scientist …
Wired:
Researchers describe a GPU vulnerability that allows attackers to exfiltrate data from local memory on some devices with Apple, Qualcomm, AMD, and other chips  —  Patching every device affected by the LeftoverLocals vulnerability—which includes some iPhones, iPads, and Macs—may prove difficult.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Filing: Apple seeks $73.4M in legal fees from Epic, including a 10% discount since Epic prevailed on one of 10 counts, after SCOTUS declined to hear the appeals  —  Apple wants Epic Games to pay $73.4 million in legal fees after Apple won the antitrust case brought against it by the North Carolinian games maker.
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Sources: Amazon plans a paid, new AI-powered Alexa by June 2024, tentatively called Alexa Plus, but internal politics and technical issues plague the project  —  - Amazon is working on a new paid subscription plan for its Alexa voice assistant.  — The new plan would use an upgraded, AI-powered version of Alexa.
BBC:
Fujitsu says it has a “moral obligation” to compensate hundreds of UK postal employees wrongly prosecuted from 1999 to 2015 due to bugs in its Horizon software  —  Watch: Fujitsu ‘truly sorry’ for role in Post Office prosecutions  —  Fujitsu Europe's boss has admitted the firm has a …

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